New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds 61 NFL records, including most completions (468) and passing yards (5,476) in a single season. But in his free time, the Uptown resident shuns the gridiron in favor of exploring his adopted hometown's world-famous Louisiana Creole kitchens. "Friday night is date night for me and my wife," he says, "and we have our spots." We caught up with the Super Bowl XLIV MVP at Samsung's Hope for Children benefit, where he shared his first-choice chophouse, oyster haunt, and – who could possibly forget – his go-to Nawlins sno-ball truck. Launch Gallery >>
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Drago's Seafood Restaurant
For Brees, moving from San Diego to the Crescent City in 2006 meant more than just adjusting to a humid, subtropical climate – it meant learning to love the Big Easy's signature Louisiana Creole cuisine. "When I first got to New Orleans, I had never given oysters a chance," he admits. "But then I tried Drago's signature charbroiled oysters. That's one of the best bites of food in existence," says Brees. Five years later, the six-time Pro Bowler is hooked. "I always order a dozen," he says. "Sometimes two!"